Community engagement

Active healthy communities can add value to the community planning process. The social and personal wellbeing of citizens are key underlying resources for any community, and are objectives of the community planning process itself under the theme of economic development. Active healthy communities contribute to all of the minimum themes that Council needs to consider […]

Community engagement ideas

Finding out about your community’s health and wellbeing requires: Listening to local people Sharing information with other organisations Learning from data that has been collected about your community Listening to local people The need for greater community engagement required in the Local Government Act 2009 provides a mechanism for councils to identify local issues for […]

Community engagement: Methods manual

The Methods Manual outlines ‘better practice’ methods for community consultation and engagement in the planning and implementation of initiatives. It provides practical details of the community participatory processes, drawing on experiences throughout the Supportive Environments for Physical Activity trail in the South-East Queensland community of Eagleby and Public Health initiatives across Queensland. It presents targeting adults, young people and people of diverse backgrounds. Each method is divided into seven categories: purpose, features, budgeting, the step-by-step process, key roles, relationship to Supportive Environments for Active Living and further information.

Themes for an active, healthy community

Council may choose to include active healthy communities as a specific theme (outcome area or key result area) in their Community Plan. This may help facilitate the coordination of active healthy communities strategies across Council departments and units.  Broad active healthy communities themes may include: moving around community wellbeing a healthy community. Other common active […]

A vision for an active, healthy community

An active, healthy community comprises of connected localities that contain an integrated mix of appropriate destinations (e.g. home, shops, schools, workplaces, services, parks, community farms/markets, and public transport nodes) that are connected to pedestrian-friendly streets to enable walking and cycling. Each of these localities should form a self sufficient local economy that supports a diverse […]

Active and public transport

Outcome (goal): To make walking, cycling and public transport more viable transport options in communities. Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions) Streets and paths are attractive and safe for pedestrians and cyclists Establish a complete streets (streets for all users) policy in Council. Integrate walking and cycling in transport plans, including: Pedestrian and bicycle […]

Walkable and liveable communities

Outcome (goal): To increase opportunities for active healthy living, help reduce pollution and improve economic development by providing more green space and walkable, mixed-use development. Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions) Localities, town centre and land use planning to improve active and healthy living Plan for walkable, safe communities by locating food and […]

Open space, parks and recreation

Outcome (goal): To encourage wellbeing, creativity and enjoyment of the outdoors so that people become more active and healthy. Individual theme elements Indicator (strategy) High level targets (actions) Increase access to recreation facilities and open spaces, including parks and community gardens Support sport and outdoor recreation organisations and encourage them to broaden their activities to attract […]

Community safety and crime prevention

Outcome (goal): To improve the safety of communities and residents’ perceptions of safety in their communities so that children and families become more active and healthy.